Shifting Rhetorical Narratives of Gender Part Two: Motivations Behind the Free Methodist Deaconess Order

By 1907 the Free Methodist Church sponsored rescue homes for young women, orphanages, and old folks homes across the United States. [i] All these missions provided various social services to their respective communities, but an emphasis was placed on providing housing to unwed mothers and homes for orphans. The need to staff these missions helped fuel the establishment of the Free Methodist Deaconess Order in 1907. However, motivations for establishing the order were not straightforward as a range of social concerns fueled the order’s establishment . One motivation was a deaconess order was seen as a way to provide acceptable … Continue reading Shifting Rhetorical Narratives of Gender Part Two: Motivations Behind the Free Methodist Deaconess Order